Ariens is enforcing a 25 year old policy that would stop Muslim employees from taking unscheduled prayer breaks while on the clock.
“We are asking employees to pray during scheduled breaks in designated prayer rooms. Our manufacturing environment does not allow for unscheduled breaks in production,” the company said in a statement.
This was unacceptable to many of the Muslims who work at Ariens.
“If someone tells you, ‘You pray on your break,' and the break time is not the prayer time? It will be impossible to pray,” said Green Bay's Masjid Imam Hasan Abdi.
“If they got fired now, there’s no way they’ll get to stay in Green Bay. They’ll have to move to find work,” he added.
Dan Ariens, chairman and CEO of the multi-state Brillion-based company, said that a dip in productivity on the production line has prompted the enforcement of a 25-year-old break policy, WFRV-TV reported.
“If I'm on a team of assemblers of ten and two clock out, all ten of them have to stop, not just the two,” said Ariens.
He also explained that some other employees weren't comfortable with the breaks.
“When the team sees that some are getting unscheduled breaks, paid or unpaid, it just doesn't seem fair to the rest,” said Ariens.
Source: News Max
You can expect to hear a loud backlash from the Muslim community. The last time a company focused more on productivity and less on the religious demands of some employee's beliefs, the company came under fire for “discrimination.” The ultimate benefactor of any dust-up will by ACLU lawyers raking money all the way home.